“ Weedon Road / Sixfields Leisure Park / Northampton / NN5 5QJ / Tel: 01604 586527. „
The first time I visited Red Hot was on a Thursday evening. I'd heard people at work raving about it and how great the food was, so that evening myself and my partner thought we'd give it a try.
Similar to many buffets places the area where you are expected to sit and enjoy your meal is quite cramped. Unfortunately, when we visited we were seated at a table right next to a family with two noisy children. The tables were only a couple of inches apart from each other. On a more positive note, the décor and lighting is nice and the smell from the food is amazing!
So, what you really want to know about is the food. I wasn't expecting a great deal from the food because the buffet places I've visited before have been quite poor. I went in with fairly low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing! There are many different areas in the buffet as it's a 'world buffet', these included Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Italian and there is a section in the middle which does a mixture of lots of dishes such as roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, curries, rice, potato dishes and loads more that I just can't remember. Each of the stations has a variety of foods from that cuisine, including starter and main dishes. There is also the option to ask for specifically made dishes at the stations for example at the Italian station you can choose a type of pasta and a type of sauce and the chef will make it for you. There is also a salad and sushi bar at dinner times. Something I found very useful was the fact that the dishes all stated if they were gluten free. My mum is gluten intolerant, so I am intending on taking her there in the future.
For desert, there are a variety of miniature cakes, pastries and mousses as well as a separate ice cream bar which had many different flavours of ice cream. There is also a chocolate fountain and a selection of sweets.
Sadly, the service let the restaurant down a little. As soon as we arrived we were seated but then the waiter disappeared for about 5-10 minutes before asking us what drinks we wanted. It then took about 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Half way through the meal we wanted to order more drinks but we could not catch the attention of a waiter and I ended up going to find one to ask them for more drinks. On the plus side, our plates were cleared very quickly after each visit to the buffet. At the end of the meal, the waiter took a long time to bring us our bill and this was only after we seeked him out to ask for the bill as again we could not get his attention.
The price per person for the evening buffet is £11.99, this was on a Thursday night. On Fridays and Saturdays the price rises to 13.99. More information about pricing can be found on the red hot website. This is very good value in my opinion, especially if you eat a lot! If you have a smaller appetite perhaps visit at lunch time when the price is lower. The only disadvantage for the price is the drinks, we found that the drinks were quite overpriced.
I went out recently for a friends birthday, and she lives up in Oxfordshire. She decided she wanted to go to Red Hot, in Northampton for a meal with friends before going to a pub afterwards.
I had never been to Red Hot before, and I was told it was an all you can eat buffett, so I assumed it to be a Chinese buffet. I was amazed when I arrived at the food area to see not only was there a large selection of Chinese food, but also Mexican, Indian, Italian, English and Thai. It was only after this I was told it is a world buffet!!
The food was amazing, and there was a massive selection of pretty much anything you could want. Everything was fresh and tasted great. There is even the option to have extra things cooked for you. Just like at a Chinese all you can eat buffet, you pick up a plate and serve yourself with what ever food you choose. All the food is set out in sections, from the country of origin, and this is all clearly labelled so you can see which food is from which country. All the dishes are labelled too, so you know exactly what you are having. All the food labels also tell you which foods contain gluten and which don't.
I just loved all the different flavours, and there really is so much to choose from, I didn't know what to pick first. Luckily, you can go up to the food as many times as you wish, so you could potentially eat everything you want, just depends on how much food you can fit in. The plates are a pretty decent size too, so you can take a good amount back to the table with you. I have been to some buffet places where the plates are just stupidly small.
There is also a large selection of sweets and desserts, including ice cream, mousse, cheesecake, melted chocolate and much more. There really is something for everyone to eat.
The restaurant itself is huge, with a main eating area, a front bar, a side eating area and room at the back with tables and a small bar. To enter the restaurant, you come through two sets of double doors, and are greeted into a large, warm, mostly wooden place, with simple yet effective decor.
As great as the food was, the staff were a bit of a let down. They didn't seem to speak a lot of English, and some of the staff struggled to understand each other as they were from different countries to each other. It was a bit of a hassle ordering drinks, as no one seemed to understand anything other than the word beer. When the restaurant came to closing time, we were still settling our bill, and the staff decided to give us a gentle hint to leave by turning the lights off!! I was not happy about this, and being a bit drunk at the time I shouted my disapproval to them, and they turned the light back on. If we can't see the bill, we can not pay the bill!
I think the food was amazing vaue at £11.99 a head, although this price is only during the week. Fridays and Saturdays I believe it is £13.99 a head. If you are a person who does not eat a lot, then this place would not be good for you, as £11.99 is a lot of money if you do not eat a lot of food there. The drinks are stupidly expensive though, like in most buffet places I have found. My partner had 2 pints of cider and these alone cost him £7.50!! I dread to think how much I had spent on Vodka throughout the evening.
All in all, the Red Hot World Buffet is a great place. There is ample free parking, as the restaurant is in the centre of a large eating area in Northampton. The food really is wonderful, and I would happily go to the restaurant again, if I am up in or near Northampton anytime. I am not too sure of the actual location of the place within Northampton, as it is town I do not go to very often if I can help it.
I totally recommend Red Hot World Buffet, just do not expect great service from the staff, and prepare for a high charge on your drinks. Also look out when leaving the restaurant late at night, as we got started on by some lunatic with a face mask and a knife! Luckily things ended ok, but could have been so much worse.
I give Red Hot a 4 out of 5. I would give it 5, but the staff and high drinks prices have dropped it to 4 stars. The food itself I give a 5, so no worries, the food will not let you down.
Oh dear! Went for a meal before a film at the weekend and was quite excited about the prospect of 110 dishes as stated on their website.... not sure where the 110 dishes were and those that were there all tasted the same. The staff all but ignored you and drinks took an age to arrive. This place may be cheap, but it is not value for money. I normally go to another similar place in town and will stick to there in future!
Where is my review I wrote on the 27th May? Has it been taken off because it was rated poor?Janis Wilkinson
I have visited a couple of branches form the Red hot Buffet chain in the past - They are located in Liverpool, Nottingham, Northampton and Milton Keynes - I have visited the latter two and will focus on the Northampton one which I visited today for my review.
Red Hot prides itself as a world buffet with a wide selection of dishes from around the world. They claim to have Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Cajun and Italian cuisines.
The restaurant is very easy to get to, situated on the popular Sixfields leisure complex - also home to Northampton 'Cobblers' Football club numerous bars and restaurants, cinema, bowling and a gym. As it is so large there is plenty of parking unless you go on a match day when the car park is usually filled with football supporters.
The restaurant opens at 12 noon daily for their lunch buffet. We arrived at about 12.20 and the restaurant was starting to fill up although not too busy. When we have been previously it has been absolutely packed at this time and I was surprised that we got seated so easily. This may of course had something to do with it being Easter Sunday and people doing other things. As a rule its generally busier by now.
We were seated as soon as we arrived and our drinks order was immediately taken and we were told we could help ourselves -always something that pleases myself, hubby and daughter!
The decor in the restaurant is very nice but the lighting is pretty poor in places, making is quite dark. The restaurant appears to be separated into twp halves -one side is much lighter than the other and there is a really big and beautiful mural type thing painted on the ceiling showing various dining cultures.
So up we went to the well presented and beautifully laid out buffet, mouths a watering and spoilt by choice! I started with the grilled chicken bar and mixed a bit of Chinese grub on my plate too - my hubby cannot bear this so it gives me more reason to do it - He's very strange as he doesn't see how you can mix several cuisines on one plate! I don't mind (maybe I'm the strange one) but I cannot have all my food touching and sauces mixing together to I tend to to have rather small portions of each thing spread out over several plates.
I took my first course back to my table and tucked in. The chicken dishes -piri piri and several other crilled chicken wing type things were all delicious. The meat was tender and fell off the bone and it had a good flavour. I also wolfed down my spring rolls, peppered battered squid rings and noodles - they were all delicious. They do have a bar where you can select your ingredients -noodles/stif fry etc and they will cook it fresh for you before your eyes. I personally haven't tried this as there is usually quite a long queue and I'm too impatient.
Next up I had a spot more Chinese type stuff and some pizza and chips. I always try and vary what I have as I could never eat one of each thing they have on offer! Although it may look it, my belly just isn't big enough! Again these were lovely but I was starting to get a bit full by now. The Mexican and Italian bits are situated in the same area - their Chilli-Con_carne is lovely but too hot for me. There is also a selection of fajita type things and nachos here too. The chef will also prepare fresh pasta dishes here as well ifyou want one. You choose the type of pasta and which sauce and they will cook it for you.
I thought as it was Sunday I may as well have a Yorkshire pud with roast beef, roast potatoes and vegetables - simply because thats what I do on a Sunday! It was actually very nice and I was surprised.
I next had an Indian course - there were a number of starters -the usual suspects vegetable samosaa, papadoms, onion bhajees etc and also a selection of curries - chicken tikka masalla, korma, rogan josh, bhuna and soe accompaniments such as bambay potatoes, and some type of vegetable dumpling type thing -it looked like a meat ball too me! Not being very adventurous I stuck to korma and tikka massala with some pilau rice. The rice was lovey as was the korma but I really didn't rate the tikka masalla - it tasted as though it had been cooked in Heinz Cream of Tomato soup! I couldn't finish mine as it was truely horrible. Even hubby who is like a hoover wouldn't touch it. The chicken here was as and tasted nice in the sauce but I was slightly put off by the big bits of fat and gristle thatI found in it. Most of the hot food we had was really nice although it wasn't too hot - most of it was pretty lukewarm. I appreciate that it has been sat for a while in the buffet area but it was colder than I would usually eat it.
By now I physically couldn't manage much more savoury stuff so I thought I'd move on to a bit of dessert as the posh say - I always call it afters! This delighted my daughter as she had been wanting 'just a bit of ice cream' since we arrived.
I got the ice cream monster a 'whippy' style ice cream in a cornet and all - I love those machines feeling like I am an ice cream lady! I helped myself to a couple of marshmallows and held them in the chocolate fountain for a few seconds....mmmmm. I also had a small bit of chocolate cake and some pannacotta. I will say all of these were delicious and really quite gorgeous.
I found a tiny bit more room for some apple pie and custard and also some fresh melon and pineapple - the fruit was obviously only to cleanse the palate! Again lovely and the crumble was pretty perfect! I finished by grabbing a few (large) handfuls of pick n mix sweets and wrapping them in a serviette to eat later.
The total bill was £25 for all 3 of us to dine which I didn't think too bad.
Apart from the lukewarm food there are a few other critisisms. They want to get lots of people in so tables are packed very closely together and there isn't an awful lot of room. Also the music they play is very loud so that you have to raise your voice to hear each other at the dinner table. Drinks are also slightly expensive so we just stuck to a jug of water at the table. Before when we have been we have had soft drinks but they are around £2 each so it soon bumps up the price of a cheap meal.
The staff are all very friendly in there and service is good, dirty plates were taken away promptly. Make sure that you do not leave your cutlery on them as if they take these there are no eating irons available on show so you will have to ask someone to get you a new set. Tables are all clean and the whole place looks stylish. The toilets were very clean!
All in all a good time was had by all and although the food isn't Egon Ronay standard it is more than adequate.
A meal at Red Hot will set you back: Lunch Buffet £6.99 (mon - fri), £7.99 (sat) £8.99, (sun) incl. Sunday Roast. Evening gourmet buffet 6pm -10:30pm £11.99 (mon - thu), 5:30pm - 11pm, £13.99 (fri - sat), 5:30pm - 9pm £11.99 (sun)
Children under 10 years dine at half price. There is also a 20% off discount for over 50's on the lunch buffet.
Red Hot - Northampton
We went for a cheap night out last friday and the service was Terrible. We were sat for 20 mins before anyone came to see what drinks we wanted (Serving others that came in after us first) so the evening was set to be a disaster from the moment we got in there. The starters were ok, the chicken was a bit too fatty for me. We then went up for our main course. We had a variety of mains between us and could not differentiate between them, They all tasted the same, bland and inedible. Is was like eating baby food. We decided to quit while we were ahead, but it took another 15 mins to get the bill and once we paid and left the building we thought we were free! Until we got chased out by another rude waiter asking why we were leaving without paying the bill, it wasn't until we showed him the receipt that he left us to go home. We spent £35 on a disgusting meal and was served by rude staff. I would NOT recommend it to anyone. An experience we will never be repeating!!!
Red Hot World Buffet and Bar is in six fields Northampton. Surrounded by lots of bars, restaurants, the towns football ground, cinema, bowling and a gym.
It is about 15 minutes drive from the centre of town and you can get a bus there.
The idea of red hot is that there are foods from all around the world, India, china, Thailand, Japan, Mexico and Italy. The food is buffet style so is all laid out and you just go and help your self to as much as you like as many times as you like (that's my favourite part of the restaurant)
A buffet lunch will set you back £6.95 with 20% of for over 50's and 11.95 in the evening apart fro Friday and Saturday where it £13.95 each. The drinks you have to pay for on top of these prices I have only ever drunk coke in red hot so I am not sure about the prices of alcoholic drinks.
The big down fall to the restaurant is the lay out the tables are far to close together (this is to get more in as they are always busy) we had a table of two with another table of two next to us and we might as well of been sitting on the same table so not the best for a romantic meal. the music in the restaurant is very loud but this does help the people on next table not listening to what you are talking about.
The food is well laid out and keep topped up and very clean, loved the range of food and found it to be high quality. The staff where very help full, every time I went for more food my dirty plate had been removed before I got back the only problem I found was that it was best not to leave you knife and fork on ur dirty plate as the staff would take them then you would have to find a member of staff to ask for a new one as the knifes and forks are not free to help your self to like the plates are
Overall I was very happy with my meal at red hot and I have been back many times as it works fab for and my husband who both like different styles of food.
My one tip would be to book a table so you are not left waiting
The last reviewer must have been to a different place - I couldn't fault it. A massive choice, excellent quality, good prices, nice interior and efficient friendly staff. And how can you have "not enough .........to make a satisfactory meal " when it's a help yourself buffet that you can keep going back to ?It was our first visit but we'll definitely be back and judging by the fact that within 10 minutes of opening on Sunday the place was virtually packed we won't be the only ones.
A fusion of cuisines, but unfortunately with the exception of Chinese not enough of any one cuisine to make a satisfactory meal. Far less choice than their website would suggest. Tables too small and too close together. Food is help-yourself buffet, but for all else you need a waiter if you can find one - it even took 15 minutes to get the bill. Food is fairly tasty, but could be hotter. Noisy, messy (don't wear anything good), and a complete lack of care by the staff. Not to be repeated.
Wow what an experience, no matter what your favourite food is you will find it all under one roof.....great for kids and fantastic value for money.....this was our first experience and were so spolied for choice....excellent service, plates cleared away promptly leaving you free to go for more.
Dear FriendWe are from India. Our friends Steve and Clare Miles are in the UK. They are very much part of the the orphanage that we have in Chennai. Its Steve's 40th Birthday and his wife has hosted aparty for him at your restaurant. Will it be possible for you to read out a small surprise note for Steve when they come for dinner from the children at the orphanage. Would appreciate this gesture if it is apossibility. Pls let us know. The birthday is on the 19th Tuesday. Than you so much Grace Moses
Red Hot World Buffet and Bar is the latest restaurant to open at Sixfields in Northampton. Sixfields is an entertainments venue (they call it a 'leisure park') encompassing Northampton Town's football ground, a Cineworld Cinema, a bowling alley and a whole host of different eating venues - from McDonalds to TGI Friday, Frankie and Bennies, Old Orleans and Bella Italia. You could be forgiven for thinking visitors had enough choice already but Red Hot offers something new and different.
Background to our visit
We often go to the cinema for early evening shows on Sundays; it helps me to feel as though I've actually DONE something over the weekend! The trouble is that for a 6.30 pm showing, it's too early to eat before we go and when we roll out two hours later I'm too hungry to want to go home and start cooking. This weekend after seeing Helen Mirren in 'The Queen' we decided to eat out and had spotted a new restaurant tucked away behind the McDonalds. A large red sign said 'Red Hot World Buffet and Bar'. Liking all things hot and spicy we decided to investigate.
The Red Hot Concept
Red Hot opened just a couple of weeks ago and is the second restaurant by that name. The other is in Nottingham where (if the website is to be believed) it has built up a great reputation. The owners have chosen Northampton as their second venue and I for one and very happy that they did.
The concept is foods of the world - India, China, Thailand, Japan, Mexico and Italy - and the format is an 'all you can eat' buffet layout. I have to say that the words 'All You Can Eat' are normally an instant turn off for me - conjuring up images of spherical Americans eating pizzas bigger than their heads and gorging on nasty cheap fried foods of dubious quality. But on a Sunday evening with nothing exciting in the fridge, I'm willing to be flexible.
The pricing concept is one I've seen applied elsewhere and which some people might find slightly controversial. The lunch buffet costs £6.95 per person on every day except Sundays when it rises to £8.95. The dinner buffet is £11.95 every evening except Friday and Saturday when it is £13.95. Children eat for half price - sorry but I don't know at what age they stop being children.
Some people I've spoken to are horrified by this sort of demand-based pricing but if you think about it, it's no different from buying tickets with a budget airline - fly or eat when fewer people want to, and you pay less.
So what's it like?
From the outside the approach to the restaurant is up decking steps with sunken blue lighting. There's a terrace outside with tables - a little ambitious for this time of year but I'm sure it'll do well once autumn and winter are out of the way. Entering through two sets of doors, you find yourself in front of the concierge desk, with the bar laid out behind and the buffet spread out on the right hand side. The restaurant is quite funky in design - no flock wall paper or cheesy prints of famous monuments here. It's bright and shiny with IKEA style furniture and lots of tables laid out in several areas on either side of the buffet tables. We were in a round shaped annexe at the far right of the building with about eight tables. At the opposite end of the building was the main seating area.
The music is intrusively loud and fast tempo - you almost feel you should be eating faster and faster as it pumps out around you. I'm not sure what they are trying to achieve by doing this. If the music's loud you don't linger, you don't talk and take your time so they can probably turn the tables around more quickly. On the other hand your jaws speed up to keep time with the beat and you munch through far too much food.
How does it work?
We weren't quite sure what to do once we'd been delivered to our table. There was no menu to look at and it took a while to find the drinks menu. Nobody seemed to be particularly interested in getting us to order drinks, so we wandered over to check out the buffets.
In a relatively compact space, Red Hot manages to squeeze in a cold buffet with a wide variety of salads and cold dishes alongside an equally large hot buffet with about 2 dozen pans of hot food. Behind the 'help yourself buffet tables' there are cooking stations where you can order made-to-measure dishes. Pick your favourite pasta and sauce and they'll put them together for you there and then. You can choose from up to 20 different pizza toppings as well. Choose your favourite ingredients and sauce and the Chinese cooking station will 'wok' them up for you. There's a Japanese noodle bar, a Mexican station with burritos you can construct for yourself and of course lots of Indian starters such as samosas, bhajis and kebabs. Thai starters include fish cakes - my favourite - and spring rolls. Finally there are two desert tables - one with cakes, fruit, mousses and even some strange Indian rice pudding and the second is a 'Mr Whippy type' ice-cream dispenser and a hot chocolate fountain. Between the ice-cream dispenser and the chocolate fountain are lots of sweeties you can add to the ice-cream or coat in chocolate.
All the dishes were kept well stocked. Despite being a very large restaurant, we never felt squeezed around the buffet and could choose what we wanted without having to get our elbows out to force a path to the food.
The drinks menu is enormous - with page after page of cocktails on offer. I don't know whether you can just go into Red Hot and drink without eating - I would imagine that when it warms up again the terrace would be a pleasant place for a few drinks. However, they'll have to get wise on selling drinks if they want to take full benefit - we were half way through our main courses before we managed to find someone to bring us a bottle of water. We ordered a litre of fizzy water and received a 750 ml bottle of Ty Nant - so less than expected but a posher brand. In fact it was all a bit irrelevant as they forgot to charge us.
What did we have?
I'd like to say a little bit of everything - but it would be more true to say too much of everything. There's something evil about the temptations of a good buffet.
We started with an assortment of starters - the Thai fishcakes were fantastic and I also had some cold noodle salad and some Indian nibbles. After doing our best with the starters we attacked the hot dishes. Often an 'all you can eat' is more of an 'all you can bear to eat', with either a very limited choice (especially if you don't eat meat) or a lot of very cheap dishes - with a big focus on chicken because it's cheap. Red Hot offers plenty of choice including king prawn dishes, so they aren't being mean with the ingredients. There's a lot of different dishes for vegetarians, fishitarians and meat eaters alike. They claim that the evening buffet includes over 100 different dishes and I suspect they may well be right.
By the time it came to desert, we were so full that we couldn't manage more than four or five! (only tiny portions of course).
Does this sort of dining really work?
Purists would quake in their shoes at the thought of mixing all these different food types together without consideration to the balance of flavours. They are right of course - but there aren't many purists at £11.95 buffet tables! On the positive side, by including Italian food in the range, the owners have come up with a formula that should mean almost anyone (even those who don't like spicy food) should be able to find plenty to eat.
Who might enjoy Red Hot?
Families will probably enjoy Red Hot - more sophisticated dishes for the adults, fun food you can play with (chopsticks provided, lots of things you eat with your fingers) for the kids. It's also a great way to introduce kids and adults that haven't tried many different 'foreign' cuisines to a range of food types without breaking the bank. Kids will love the ice-cream and chocolate fountains I'm sure.
Groups of colleagues and friends should consider Red Hot - none of the problems of not being able to go anywhere spicy because Bob from logistics doesn't like curry and Theresa from payroll won't eat anything with garlic. The set prices should also help to avoid punch ups when the bill comes at the end of the evening - no need to quibble over who had starters and who had two puddings.
Red Hot is great for a quick meal before or after a visit to the cinema or the bowling alley. Knowing that the food is there available as soon as you walk in will remove the stress of 'will we finish before the film starts'. It's also well placed for anyone going to the football or parking in Sixfields and sneaking down the road to watch the football.
It wouldn't be an ideal 'date' venue - there's nothing very romantic about eating your way through a mountain of food or choking on a chilli and the music is too loud for much conversation.
There's no soup - I love all oriental soups and I would have thought they'd be a good cheap 'fill up' for the restaurateurs to make some money on. The Indian food is exceptional - I believe the owners are from that region - but the Thai selection in particular is a little thin. Japanese cuisine is poorly represented by a noodle bar - I'd have hoped for a little bit of sushi.
Cocktails - I'm not convinced that cocktails are compatible with spicy food and I don't think the waiting staff could deal with the complexity on offer.
Staffing levels - we saw two or three table clearers working like ants to clear up after everyone but they didn't always get it right. Our plates weren't cleared between courses and we just dumped them on another empty table. There were no waiters or waitresses at our end of the restaurant and we did wonder whether we were supposed to go to the bar to get drinks. With such spicy food, I'm sure they could have sold a lot more drinks just by having more staff around to take orders.
The sweeties - there were no spoons on the table of sweeties for adding to the ice cream or sticking in the chocolate fountain. I asked one of the staff and he told me they put out spoons ten times a day and most of them get dropped in the chocolate. I don't want to eat any food that's been touched by the hands of dozens of grubby children - or adults - especially those on their way back from the toilets!
A few practicalities
Parking - there's plenty. Just avoid going when Northampton Town are playing at home and their fans are sneaking into the car parks.
Toilets - I know some readers don't think a review is complete without a comment or two on the facilities. The ladies was spotlessly clean with nice glass sinks and pleasant paint work.
Opening hours - Lunch from 12 - 2.30 pm; dinner from 6 -11 pm.
Sixfields Leisure Park
Telephone - 01604 586527
Would I recommend it?
For a quick meal before or after the cinema? - definitely a good choice.
For a group nightout? - again, there should be something for all.
For a romantic and leisurely meal? - any man who thinks 'all you can eat' is romantic needs to take some advice on his seduction techniques.